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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered non-essential businesses to close and the state’s more than 7 million residents to stay home unless necessary in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The stay-at-home order will remain in place through April 6. It expands previous actions taken by Inslee last week that ordered the statewide closure of bars, dine-in restaurants, and entertainment and recreation facilities and banned large gatherings. Several other states had already issued similar orders, including California and New York.

“This is a human tragedy on a scale we cannot yet project. It’s time to hunker down in order to win this fight,” Inslee said during a televised address.

All businesses other than those deemed essential — a long list that includes grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and gas stations — will need to close by Wednesday night. All public and private social, spiritual and recreational gatherings are also now banned, including weddings and funerals. The order’s prohibition on gatherings and leaving home unless necessary takes effect immediately. People will be required to stay home unless they are pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries, going to a doctor’s appointment, or going to work at an essential business. People can still go for walks or runs outside if they maintain a six-foot distance from others.

As of Monday, more than 2,200 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the state, and at least 110 people have died. Two more cases were reported Monday in Quincy, bringing Grant County's total to 25, with more than 150 test results pending.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, and the vast majority recover. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

Inslee said he was concerned that many weren’t taking the outbreak seriously and were still not practicing social distancing when out. He had warned last week that he might have to move to more stringent restrictions after some Western Washington parks, beaches and trails saw large crowds during recent sunny days. The governor’s office said that people should not use the stay-at-home order as a reason to overstock and urged people to stick to their normal buying habits to ensure that everyone has the supplies that they need.

The state has already closed schools through late April, banned events and large gatherings and ordered bars to close and restaurants to serve only take out or delivery options. State and local leaders have continued to urge people to stay at home and practice social distancing, but not everyone is following the advice. King County Search and Rescue is now asking people to avoid hiking so that its volunteers don’t have to respond and use their valued personal protective equipment if called.

Earlier Monday, Boeing announced it was shutting down its Seattle-area production facilities for two weeks. In a written statement, Inslee said he applauded Boeing’s decision “to implement an orderly shutdown and continue to pay its workers during this difficult time.”

President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a major disaster declaration for Washington and ordered federal assistance for the state, tribal and local response to the outbreak.

Also, nursing homes continued to be hard hit by the virus. Shuksan Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing center in Bellingham, had 29 new cases confirmed on Sunday, according to the Whatcom County Health Department. The Bellingham Herald reports 23 of the new cases were residents while six were Shuksan employees.

And federal regulators on Monday said they found serious infractions during their check of a Seattle-area nursing home hard-hit by the coronavirus and they’re giving it three weeks to fix them. They found that the Life Care Center of Kirkland failed to rapidly identify and manage sick residents; failed to notify the Washington Department of Health about the increasing rate of respiratory infections among residents; and failed to have a backup plan in the absence of Life Care’s primary clinician, who fell ill.

At least 37 deaths have been linked to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Life Care Center.

(15) comments

Sagacious Lu

I'm just not convinced by Trump, FOX, and all the Internet COVID-19 Tough Guys 'n Gals posting out there that this is just a trivial disease, so I suggest you lead the way by, say holding progressive house parties for the next three weeks or so with all of your friends. Actually, don't, as I wouldn't wish this on you regardless of how reckless you are.

opinionscrossroad

Lu... If you watched ALMOST any of the actual information being put out by Governors, health officials, other governments who have had it, or countless other information out there... YOU WOULD KNOW the answers to your questions since you aren't convinced..

This isn't trump, this isn't fox (which I don't watch anyway) and not being a tough guy.. This is called reality and the reality is: Statistically this isn't as bad as people are being led to believe.. Now if you want to run home and be scared of life then that is your right as a human being but for me .. I stopped being scared of the Boogey Monster a long time ago.. I like facts, statistics, reason, and pure logic..

As far as your snotty comment about getting this disease.. EVERY single expert, politician, and source has said most of us will get this disease sooner or later.. Most will experience mild to moderate symptoms..

baydog1990

Apparently opinions crossroad can read the news we all get, we have all heard, we are all sick of hearing time and time again. So go away

opinionscrossroad

Very True Baydog.. And yet people are still posting inaccuracies, fallacies, and hysteria.. I didn't see you posting relevant information to pass along other than to tell people that you were going fishing..

Obviously you don't want information passed along and the truth to be told while you are enjoying your fishing trip.. That's fine.. I will continue to pass along the facts and information while you are holding your pole and playing with the sucker fish..

GrantCitizen

To me, this is a joke when the cannabis retail business is considered essential.

Sagacious Lu

You don't have damage to long nerves or, if you do, tolerate neurontin.

ColumbiaColumbia

#1 This disease is FAR more deadly than the flu. People of any age can develop severe symptoms and die it just happens to be that older and immunocompromised have a higher chance of that. Once hospitals go over capacity then they won't be able to deal with the kinds of emergencies we have everyday as quickly. Also if you injure yourself in a way that isn't immediately life threatening like a leg injury then I'm sure you would wait a loooong time. People that otherwise would be treated may end up waiting long enough that they would lose part of their leg as a result.

If you open everything back up not only will hospitals get over capacity and not only will millions of people die but enough of the workforce would be sick it would be detrimental to the economy anyways. At least this way the goal is to save lives, something to keep in mind.

opinionscrossroad

I hope all people who are extremely vulnerable to ANY diseases take extra precautions during this time. With that said, it should not be expected that the 99.9% of the rest of the population be confined to home so we don't infect that .01%.. It is my hope that everyone understands that "flattening the curve" does not mean you will NOT get this disease.. YOU WILL GET THIS DISEASE!!!!!!! It only means that you will get it LATER and when you do the hospitals and medical staff won't be overwhelmed to take care of you.. So PLEASE prepare yourself to get this virus..

UMMM ColumbiaColumbia While the preliminary numbers have shown that the flu is less deadly EVERY person tracking this agrees that the Coronavirus numbers are SKEWED to say the least.

I borrowed this from ADvisory.com titled, "Is the new coronavirus deadlier than the flu?" According to an editorial published in NEJM by Anthony Fauci and Clifford Lane from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and CDC director Robert Redfield, the true death rate for the coronavirus could end up being below 1%, which would make it similar to the death rate seen in a severe flu season. “

As more Coronavirus tests are given and the numbers are coming in the percent rate of people having severe reactions to this virus gets lower and lower.. When it first came out there were not enough tests to run on everyone and only the absolute sickest and most severe cases were tested making for VERY VERY VERY Skewed statistical numbers..Now a little better numbers are coming out where abundant tests are available and given and the numbers are coming in lower and lower. And those are ONLY for people who are severe enough to inquire about a test. Remember most people who contract this virus only experience mild to moderate discomfort and effects..

But again people THIS DISEASE DOES NOT KILL it only weakens the body to the point OTHER deadly diseases such as pneumonia and other respiratory diseases overwhelm the immune system and the body succumbs.

As far as Private Hospitals becoming over capacity.. Possibly---- but it is actually the breathing machines that they are afraid of being in short supply (again because this disease does not kill you but your respiratory system can get other diseases like pneumonia)... It is just too bad that we don't have this organization that could mobilize quickly, set up quickly if an area became overrun and infected this this invisible enemy, and that organization would have highly trained personnel and the machines and expertise to care for severely injured personnel.. If only such an organization could only be created to mobilize in times of crisis against all "enemies" foreign and domestic to treat and care for our wounded... Oh well I guess we can't mobilize we must hide and shelter in place and be afraid of our friends, family, and neighbors instead..

And seriously MILLIONS of people are going to die?? Give me a break and do some research..

opinionscrossroad

UMMM ColumbiaColumbia While the preliminary numbers have shown that the flu is less deadly EVERY person tracking this agrees that the Coronavirus numbers are SKEWED to say the least.

I borrowed this from ADvisory.com titled, "Is the new coronavirus deadlier than the flu?" According to an editorial published in NEJM by Anthony Fauci and Clifford Lane from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and CDC director Robert Redfield, the true death rate for the coronavirus could end up being below 1%, which would make it similar to the death rate seen in a severe flu season. “

As more Coronavirus tests are given and the numbers are coming in the percent rate of people having severe reactions to this virus gets lower and lower.. When it first came out there were not enough tests to run on everyone and only the absolute sickest and most severe cases were tested making for VERY VERY VERY Skewed statistical numbers..Now a little better numbers are coming out where abundant tests are available and given and the numbers are coming in lower and lower. And those are ONLY for people who are severe enough to inquire about a test. Remember most people who contract this virus only experience mild to moderate discomfort and effects..

But again people THIS DISEASE DOES NOT KILL it only weakens the body to the point OTHER deadly diseases such as pneumonia and other respiratory diseases overwhelm the immune system and the body succumbs.

As far as Private Hospitals becoming over capacity.. Possibly---- but it is actually the breathing machines that they are afraid of being in short supply (again because this disease does not kill you but your respiratory system can get other diseases like pneumonia)... It is just too bad that we don't have this organization that could mobilize quickly, set up quickly if an area became overrun and infected this this invisible enemy, and that organization would have highly trained personnel and the machines and expertise to care for severely injured personnel.. If only such an organization could only be created to mobilize in times of crisis against all "enemies" foreign and domestic to treat and care for our wounded... Oh well I guess we can't mobilize we must hide and shelter in place and be afraid of our friends, family, and neighbors instead..

And seriously MILLIONS of people are going to die?? Give me a break and do some research..

Baseman

I promise you, I will never vote for Inslee ever!

Carlo's

Fishing is shopping!

opinionscrossroad

#1 Seriously?? To those Nah-sayers about a police state.. Look at the lessons they are learning with this "shut down".. The lessons they are learning about how to control the masses while shutting down infrastructure would be invaluable.. How you ask?? Just look at what "they" had to do to Panic everyone into allowing the government to control your daily lives by simply pumping up an "issue" in order for them to declare a "state of emergency".. Why again did they need a State of Emergency?? Because of a virus that kill less people than the flu, cancer, or even car crashes each year.. By the same philosophy the Governor should declare a state of emergency because of cars and the people that die in them each year (approximately 525) and the countless others who die from the air quality caused by cars.. NOPE it's the Coronavirus we should focus on..

#2 After reading the 14 page "stay at home" order and it's exemptions.. WHAT A JOKE!! (I guess that's good right.) NOBODY in Grant County has to stay at home because almost every job is Exempt from the order.. I will post the order if you want to read it yourself (it took me some time to find it) https://1y4yclbm79aqghpm1xoezrdw-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/FINAL-WA-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-03.23.2020.pdf

#3 As I said the other day; the numbers and statistics are coming in especially from New York who are testing more people than any other state.. What are the numbers saying?? Watch Cuomo's news conference 60,000 tested … 20,000 confirmed coronavirus….. less than 650 patients required ICU treatment, of those less than 130 deaths. Statistical error in other states numbers because of lack of testing.. IMMEASURABLE.. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peBbqri0mLo ) and specifically minutes 17:00 to 19:00 where he even admits, "many will get infected but few will pass away from this disease"..

So if few people pass away from this disease (or complications with it) then WHY in GOD'S name would we stop the American Economy, the Washington Economy, or bankrupt anyone’s business or their citizens alike?? Even Inslee said this wasn’t about the spread of the disease, this was about people not listening to what he said and not “taking this serious”. So as punishment we get this order based on his State of Emergency order..

Personally folks, I think this is another case where the "remedy is worse than the disease"... Look at it folks.. Putting restaurants and bars out of business, food shortages, laying off thousands of people, shutting down parks and camping, no educations for over 1 MILLION students, and best yet no plans or timelines when this will end.. Is this seriously how you want and think we should live?? Call the Governor’s office and make your voice heard.. Inslee’s office (360) 902-4111

Carlo's

Agree with you. He is causing more problems than will be solved.

Keia

What about the homeless and people who are being evicted and leases terminated?

Genuinely curious!!

baydog1990

Well dang guess I cant fish from shore at Banks or Roosevelt..

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